Call for Submissions to the Zine Box!red vending machine

Do you love making zines? Get yours into the hands of readers and collectors during The City Library’s 10th annual Alt Press Fest through the SLCC Community Writing Center’s Letter Box Project.

The Letter Box Project is an old-school vending machine in the Community Writing Center which sells letters from strangers to anyone with a quarter. It will be temporarily renamed the Zine Box and displayed at the City Library’s Alt Press Fest on Sat. Oct. 13, 2018. To have your zine(s) considered for distribution in the Zine Box, submit a vend-ready, assembled prototype to the CWC either by mail or in person.

More information is available here, including how to submit zines as well as size and other requirements. Please contact Katherine Allred at 801-957-2192 or katherine.allred@slcc.edu with any questions.


2018 Wasatch IronPen Writing Marathon

A woman in black pants and a red shirt running away from the viewer across the Utah Salt Flats under a big blue sky.

Photo credit: Elaine Casap on Unsplash 

Winners of the 2018 Wasatch IronPen Literary Competition

Winners – Adult

Fiction: Pete Gomben, “Wings”
Nonfiction: Pete Gomben, “Next to Godliness”
Poetry: Kathy Ann Rekoutis, “Untitled (Into the Vastness)”
Ultra Marathon: RJ Walker, “On Demons and the Salt That Summons Them”

Winners – Youth

Fiction: Francesca Vales, “Suffragette Salt Flats”
Nonfiction: Beatrice Teigen, “ Yes We Can”
Poetry: Madeline Galian, “the plains” 

Honorable Mentions – Adult

Fiction: Alice Lopez, “Dream State”
Nonfiction: Lisha Yang, “An Appeal”
Poetry: Spencer Ballard, “How to Cleanse a Wound”
Ultra Marathon: Chantel Sigman-Baker, “Scavengers, Blending In, The West Desert” 

Honorable Mentions – Youth

Fiction: Bess Bateman, “Alkaline Limbo”
Poetry: Jane Galian, “blood oranges” 

Thank you to everyone who entered the Wasatch IronMan Literary Competition this year, and congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions! It was a very strong field of submissions and our judges had a difficult time deliberating. We look forward to next year’s competition.

2018 Wasatch IronPen Judges

Jacqueline Balderrama is a pursing a Ph.D in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. She is the first-place recipient of the statewide 2012–2013 Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize. Her poems have been  nominated for the Pushcart Prize and been published in cream city review, Blackbird and others. She serves as Assistant Editor for Quarterly Westas Poetry Editor for Iron City Magazineand as a contributing writer for WILD.

Jace Brittain

Grey Burnett is a writer, poet, and musician based in Salt Lake City Utah. She currently serves as managing editor for ellipsis...literature and art and in the past has fulfilled the roles of poetry editor and productions editor. She has work forthcoming in TERSE. Journal and you can find her interactive poetry at greyb.itch.io.

Emily Dyer-Barker's experimental fiction has been exhibited nationwide and archived in various special collections libraries. She is currently in the Creative Writing PhD program at the University of Utah and the managing editor for Western Humanities Review

Kate Wilson is a poetry editor, office assistant, and social media manager for ellipsis…literature & art. Originally from Mammoth Lakes, California, she is working towards her BA English with a focus in literature and an MA in teaching at Westminster College. She has previously worked as a freelance editor, and her poetry and creative non-fiction can be found at Pressure Gauge Press, TERSE., and Write About Now, among others.

Bryan Young is a published author, journalist, and filmmaker. He's the author of The Aeronaut and A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination and he writes regularly for StarWars.com, How Stuff Works, Syfy, /Film, and many others. He's also the president of the Salt City Genre Writers Chapter of the League of Utah Writers. Follow him on Twitter @Swankmotron or visit swankmotron.com and saltcitygenrewriters.com.

On behalf of our judges, we'd like to promote the following literary organizations:

Western Humanities Review, which will begin accepting submissions for their Mountain West Writers' Contest on Sept. 1, 2018.

ellipsis...literature and art,nationally- and internationally-recognized journal published by the students of Westminster College, which invites you to submit your work by November 1, 2018 to be considered for publication in the next volume.

Quarterly West, the online literary journal run and staffed by PhD creative writing  students at the University of Utah since 1976, which accepts submissions here. 


The SLCC CWC

The SLCC Community Writing Center (CWC) supports, motivates and educates people of all abilities and educational backgrounds who want to use writing for practical needs, civic engagement and personal expression. In addition to an open space available for writing, we provide opportunities to enhance writing abilities through such programs as Writing Coaching , Writing Workshops, the DiverseCity Writing Series, Salt Lake Teens Write, and Community Writing Partners. Recipient of the 2012 Mayor's Artist Award and the 2012 League of Innovations Award. More information for a brief history of the CWC. These programs are open to all Salt Lake area residents.

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